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Legal news from Thursday, July 21, 2011
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Statistics Canada [official website] reported Thursday that Canadian crime rates have hit their lowest levels [materials] since 1973. Crime fell 5 percent in 2010 to just over two million crimes committed. Experts cite [Toronto Sun report] Canada's aging population as well as keeping children in school longer as major [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged the government of Malaysia [BBC profile] to release six leaders [text] of the opposition Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) [party website, in Malay] who are being held for organizing a rally [official website; JURIST report] earlier this month. Originally they were [read more]

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[JURIST] A UK court on Thursday ruled [text, PDF] that four elderly Kenyans could sue Britain's government on claims related to torture that took place during a 1950s anti-colonial rebellion. The Kenyans, who are now over 70 years old, allege that they were beaten and sexually assaulted [AP report] by [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Both the prosecution and the defense in the case of alleged Nazi Sandor Kepiro have announced they will be appealing a Hungarian court's decision to acquit [JURIST report]. Kepiro was acquitted of participating in the 1942 Novi Sad massacre in Serbia. Prosecutor Zsolt Falvai declared the acquittal unfounded [AP [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs [official website] Thursday voted in favor of reinstituting a directive known as the "Mexico City policy," or "Global Gag Rule," that prohibits government funding from going to international organizations that perform abortions [JURIST news archive] or provide information, referrals and [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA) [advocacy websites] and several other civil rights groups jointly filed a motion for preliminary injunction [text, PDF] on Thursday in an effort to prevent an Alabama immigration law from taking effect on September 1. The motion, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Three accused Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hijacking a US vessel that resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. Their charges included [AP report] murder, piracy, hostage taking and violence against maritime navigation resulting in death, among other charges. The men were charged [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday made their first official statement [text, PDF] implicating climate change as a serious threat to world peace and security. At the urging of Germany, which released a Concept Note [text] to lead the discussion, the Security Council debated global warming [EPA [read more]

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[JURIST] Somali children continue to be victims of war crimes [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Thursday. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "In the Line of Fire: Somalia's Children Under Attack," AI provides evidence indicating that armed conflict in areas of Somalia has led to deteriorating human [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile] signed a decree [text, PDF] Wednesday establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate crimes and human rights violations that took place during post-election violence [JURIST news archive] between pro-Ouattara forces and forces loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile]. The commission [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] won a criminal libel claim [statement in El Ciudadano, in Spanish] on Thursday against the owners and a columnist of newspaper El Universo [official website, in Spanish], resulting in fines of USD $40 million and a three-year sentence for [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian government announced Thursday that it will sue former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] for royalties from his memoir. Hicks spent more than five years without trial in US custody after being captured in Afghanistan following the terror attacks of 9/11 [JURIST [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Guinea authorities have arrested between 70 and 80 suspects accused of plotting an attack on President Alpha Conde [official website] Wednesday. Assailants launched rocket-propelled grenades at Condes' home, and three people were killed, including one of his bodyguards. The suspects include [Reuters report] former army leader General Nouhou Thiam [read more]

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